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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 23, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school, but don’t be quick to envision uniforms and lecture halls. At Fusion, classes are one-to-one: just one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows for the personalization of curriculum for each individual student’s strengths, interests, and learning style.

This education model was born of frustration with the status quo, and out of a passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. This unique, relationships-based school began when founder, Michelle Rose Gilman, began tutoring and mentoring students out of her home in Solana Beach, CA.

After demand outgrew their space, Gilman and her teachers moved into a building and expanded their offerings to be the private, accredited, one-to-one school Fusion is today. In 2010 the first campus replication opened in Los Angeles, CA, and the model has grown exponentially since to 39 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington D.C., and Virginia. The Washington D.C. campus opened in June, and locations in Alexandria and Tysons will be opening soon.

The educational experience at Fusion is completely customized to ignite a student’s passion for learning. Classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths, and challenges. It was modeled around the needs of students who weren’t finding their place in more traditional school environments – whether they struggled with mild learning differences, social issues, the rigid scheduling of more traditional schools, or the boredom of a classroom not geared to accelerated learners.

Along with personalized curriculum, Fusion’s one-to-one teaching model also allows for the customization of scheduling. Students may enroll at any time of the year, and take classes at a time of day that works best for them, which appeals to students who have demanding schedules outside of school because of sports or artistic involvement.

Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity, and two Homework Café® spaces, one silent and one social, where students complete their homework before leaving for the day.

Some students enroll full time, while others utilize Fusion’s tutoring and mentoring services. Families also turn to Fusion to support their homeschooling efforts by taking classes for credit like world languages and lab sciences. Beyond academics, Fusion partners with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

From algebra to yoga and everything in between, Fusion offers over 250 middle and high school courses, all of which meet state standards. Creative expression is at the core of Fusion, as they understand the pivotal role it plays in students’ well being. They offer a robust roster of elective classes like DJ Performing Arts, Graphic Design, Music Theory, Vocal Fundamentals, Recording Arts, Digital Photography, Film Studies, and more.

The Alexandria campus will be opening soon at 333 John Carlyle St., and are enrolling students now. Connect with them at FusionAlexandria.com or by calling 866.350.4678.

The preceding was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.

by Buzz McClain — August 18, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

Sedona? Or Slate? It’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle decision. It’s a double-shot of urban living in Rosslyn. Do you prefer the warm, boutique hotel-inspired vibe of Sedona or the sleek, contemporary feel of Slate? No matter which you choose, you can’t go wrong.

See for yourself the stylish choices offered at the upscale apartment community Sedona|Slate and tour the residences in person to take advantage of special open house incentives this weekend.

Inside both towers, you’ll encounter apartments in carefully considered layouts and sophisticated interior design. Top of the line finishes include sleek plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, large kitchen islands, front-loading washers and dryers, state of the art electronic key system, and a selection of three designer finish packages.

Many residences feature both floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offering views of the skyline.

This upscale community offers amenities in each tower with two rooftop lounges, two swimming pools, and two KICK fitness centers with personal trainer and group classes offered. There is ample outdoor space with a courtyard featuring outdoor seating and grilling stations. In addition, Sedona|Slate is also pet-friendly and welcomes large dogs up to 100 pounds.

With an eye towards green living, there is an electric vehicle charging station, preferred parking for hybrids, plentiful bicycle storage, and residents enjoy the fresh air benefits of living in a smoke-free community. Sedona|Slate is proud to be the first LEED-NC Gold certified residential building in Northern Virginia.

The benefits of living in Rosslyn include easy access to three Metro lines (Orange, Blue and Silver), being steps away from all the vibrant restaurant and retail offerings of this North Arlington neighborhood, and a quick walk over the Key Bridge to Georgetown’s nightlife.

The open house hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m which will help make the choice easy — Sedona? Or Slate?

Those new residents applying during the Open House can save up to one-and-a-half month’s free rent on all one bedroom and one bedroom with den apartments. Additionally, all floor plans are offering a $99 amenity fee this weekend only.

Sedona|Slate’s leasing office is located at 1510 Clarendon Boulevard. To learn more about this inspired choice for modern living, view the website at Sedona-Slate.com or call 866-977-0468..

The preceding promoted post was sponsored by Sedona|Slate and written by ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 16, 2016 at 8:15 am 0

It can be called a “hidden gem” and a “buried treasure” because of its subterranean location and the nature of its business: Protea Diamonds has been creating custom designer jewelry for an educated and cultured clientele for 30 years in the same North Arlington location, in the lower level of the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center.

And, unless you have refined taste and a passion for one-of-a-kind jewelry, you most likely have never heard of Protea, until now.

Anthony Taitz is okay with that. In fact, contrary to just about every other retailer, he prefers appointments at his quiet boutique shop with clients over walk-in foot traffic. That way, he can devote the time and attention required to craft exactly the piece the client sees in their dreams.

And some of his clients dream big. Here’s a recent example:

“My client wanted to propose marriage at the bottom of the ocean, while scuba diving,” Anthony says. “So we made a cubic zirconia copy to look like the real thing in case he lost it.” The diver-boyfriend proposed with the impressive copy underwater but gave his fiancée the real ring safely back at the hotel.

That’s just one of Anthony’s seemingly endless stories about a career that has taken him from his hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, to the dusty back roads of Texas to the bustling community of Arlington where he has earned his reputation as the “anti-mall, anti-mass market” jeweler.

“We give attention to detail, to quality,” he says. “We make exclusive, high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Ideal-cut South African diamonds and precious gems are used to craft engagement rings, wedding bands, anniversary bands, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and just as vital as the material is the education that the client receives when Anthony explains their creation.

Anthony cautions that “we are not inexpensive.” Of his pricing, he says, “on a scale of five we are between two and three.”

Modern jewelry shoppers, he said, “study the market on the Internet, and we welcome that. They know what they want and they know what they should pay. It is up to us to create exactly what they see in their dreams.”

Anthony has created his own dream along the way. He came to the U.S. from South Africa in 1983 and found a position in Dallas, driving an immense territory as a travelling salesman throughout the American Southwest. He saw hundreds of jewelry stores along the way, each one contributing to his own ideas of how he would build his own business.

After he met his soon-to-be-wife Rhonda in Dallas, “I followed her like a lovesick puppy to Arlington,” he says. Once in Arlington, Anthony made friends with the then-landlord of the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center who let him have a room in the lower level for a fabulously low rent. “It was perfect for me,” he says 30 years later. “It was a vault.”

The business grew as his reputation as a reliable, affordable craftsman spread, and it continues to spread to this day. Protea Diamonds may still be a “hidden gem” and a “buried treasure,” but there are many who are in on the secret.

To make an appointment at Protea Diamonds at 2499 North Harrison Street, call 703-536-9822 or [email protected]

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Protea Diamonds.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 9, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Chad Hackmann, owner Arlington Construction Management at Key ceremony with Sergeant Marcus Dandrea and family

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving the nation’s most severely injured veterans, had selected local home builder, Arlington Construction Management as its Building Partner to coordinate the construction of a specially adapted home for Sergeant Marcus Dandrea in Haymarket, Virginia.

While serving his country in Afghanistan, Sergeant Marcus Dandrea sustained severe injuries including amputations of both legs above the knee. Sergeant Marcus Dandrea now lives in his new home in Haymarket, Virginia with his children. The specially adapted home will help this hero regain some of the freedom and independence he lost due to his injuries. The home will be provided mortgage-free, allowing him to focus on his recovery and rebuilding his life.

As HFOT’s building partner, Arlington Construction Management has served as the General Contractor for the project and was in charge of permitting. In conjunction with Homes for Our Troops, the company reached out to their best suppliers and subcontractors, enlisting them to donate their materials and labor for the project. The home is wheelchair accessible and features over 40 state-of-the-art adaptations including a roll-in shower, pull-down cabinets and a roll-under sink in the kitchen. The new home was delivered to Sergeant Dandrea on July 9, 2016, the 217th home delivered by HFOT.

“We are honored to help inspire the building community to come together and help give back to Sergeant Marcus Dandrea, who has sacrificed so much for us,” says Chad Hackmann, owner of Arlington Construction Management.

Chad Hackmann, owner of Arlington Construction Management, has been helping folks build and remodel their homes with a transparent approach to the process in Arlington and throughout the surrounding metro area for over 10 years constantly striving to provide a better way to build and remodel.

Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Taunton, Mass. founded in 2004. Its mission is to build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. Since 2004, HFOT has built over 180 homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built mortgage-free to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors. Homes for Our Troops has received a four star rating from Charity Navigator.

More about this project: http://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/dandrea/

More about Arlington Construction Management: http://www.arlingtonconstructionmanagement.com/

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logo3% off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting a Free Home Buyer Seminar on August 15th.

The event will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details

When: August 15, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com — August 4, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Remember playing kickball, soccer and softball at school with your friends, without a care in the world?

We all remember those days, playing all afternoon until the sun set… and then moving indoors, having fun with friends before and after dinner.

Don’t settle for leaving those great days in your past — United Social Sports is offering tons of great social sport league and events near you this fall.

Meet new people (or join a team with your friends) and have fun while staying active. Players can join solo, with a small group or a full team.

Registration is now open… but act fast, Fall registration always fills up fast.

Choose your favorite sport to see open leagues near you:

Or check out one of these upcoming events:

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The preceding post was written and sponsored by United Social Sports.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fairfax has it all. History, culture, education, and now, the new community of Eleven Oaks just blocks to historic Fairfax City. A beautiful village-style community offering 4 different models of single family homes and large 3 and 4 story townhomes.

Currently available for a quick move-in is a beautiful single-family home, the Beaumont priced at just $929,900.

The Beaumont model is impressive, with more than 3,300 square feet of space, plus a deck, beautiful stone patio, and 2-car garage. There are 3 levels of finished living space, which includes a gourmet kitchen, a large owner’s suite, and finished lower level recreation room. The high ceilings and an open floor plan make this house an inviting place to call home.

While there are many aspects of the Beaumont that stand out, the sheer elegance and abundance of luxury features are without compromise. From granite and quartz countertops to tray ceilings, there are subtle finishing touches at every turn. The luxurious owner’s bathroom, along with oversized walk-in closets in the owner’s suite, is one of the main attractions in a home packed with star power. In addition, this home is built in an environmentally conscious manner and is Energy Star rated.

Eleven Oaks is situated on George Mason Boulevard in historic Fairfax, adjacent to George Mason University. The urban feel of this village community is an ideal location that is within walking distance of parks, shops and restaurants, as

well as cultural, sports, fitness, and continuing education opportunities at

George Mason University. Did we mention that this home is in the highly sought-after Woodson High School district in Fairfax County?

Equally ideal for commuters, Eleven Oaks is minutes from Route 50 and I-66, convenient to the Vienna Metro, and on the CUE Bus route.

What makes the Beaumont at Eleven Oaks appealing to buyers is the simple fact that new, luxury homes below $1m in Fairfax City or County are rare. Certainly ones that have the combination of desirable, close-in location, luxurious finishes and open floor plans for today’s lifestyle. You get all of these features at Eleven Oaks.

Built by local, award-winning homebuilder, Madison Homes, the Beaumont model and others like it, are available to visit every weekend. Visit us at liveatelevenoaks.com for directions and more information, or come see the Beaumont model at 4411 George Mason Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Eleven Oaks.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 19, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logo3% off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting a Free Home Buyer Seminar on July 25th.

The event will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details

When: July 25, 2016 from 6pm-8pm
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com — July 16, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Backbeat FIT headphonesIf you’re still using headphones with wires and a jack that would fit a 1990s Walkman, now is the time to upgrade.

Especially for those who enjoy listening to music while exercising, working in the yard to getting household chores done, wireless Bluetooth headphones are liberating — no more being tethered to your device, no more adjusting or clipping cords.

Making this upgrade even more timely, it’s widely reported that the next Apple iPhone — due out in September — will get rid of the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack.

There are already grumbles about this move, but remember when Apple left floppy disk drives out of the iMac or DVD drives out of MacBooks? Don’t doubt Apple’s ability to move entire industries away from outmoded standards.

Yes, iPhone buyers will still be able to use a pair of wired Lightning port-connected headphones. That will likely include opposite ends of the user spectrum: those who are fine with the free, included Apple earbuds and, on the other side, hardcore audiophiles who want to spend hundreds of dollars for the very best audio quality.

For those in the middle, Bluetooth will likely be the way to go. And in our opinion, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit are your best bet.

We’ve tested the Backbeat Fit for the past few months and have found little to complain about. They’re perfect for running, biking, working out at the gym; for walking the dog, doing dishes or just sitting around the house. Best of all, they’re durable, practical and sound great.

Here is our full review.

PROS

  • Great audio quality. It’s not top of the line in terms of audio fidelity, but most won’t be left wanting. Rich, crisp sound for music, podcasts, etc.
  • Lightweight and portable. Easy to bring with you, no tangled cords.
  • Built for working out. Everybody’s ears are different, but these fit us well and feel secure even during vigorous exercise. We like the thicker band that connects the left and right earbuds over similar offerings that are connected by a less durable wire. Plus, the BackBeat Fit has excellent water resistance and has kept working through long workouts on hot days and runs in the rain.
  • Comfort. Unlike other sport headphones, we can wear these for hours at a time without discomfort or ear fatigue. Expect it to take a day or two to get used to the fit.
  • Safety. These headphones allow you to hear the world around you, which makes them a safer pick for use on roads and sidewalks. If you’d prefer exercise-oriented headphones that do a better job in noisy environments like on planes, see the JLab Epic2 and check out Wirecutter’s review, but beware of complaints about water resistance and durability during exercise.
  • Battery life. Seven to eight hours of real-world battery life was plenty for us.

CONS

  • Bluetooth connection. This is a complaint that you’ll see in the reviews of many Bluetooth headphones. If your phone is in the wrong pocket, or behind a wall, the audio signal will start breaking up. This is a function, primarily, of the way Bluetooth works — it’s a very low power signal not designed to work from a distance. We found that keeping your phone in your right pocket, as opposed to your left pocket, makes for a much better connection with the BackBeat Fit. If you’re working out, consider putting your phone in an armband and you won’t have any connection issues.
  • Button layout. You’ll get used to it in a couple of days, but the built-in play, call, volume and power buttons on the BackBeat Fit aren’t necessarily intuitive at first.
  • Micro USB door. The door you have to open to charge the headphones requires a bit of dexterity and is clearly the weak link in terms of build quality. As long as you don’t yank it out too hard it should be fine. It does do a good job of keeping moisture out.
  • Microphone. You can take calls indoors while using the BackBeat Fit, but’ll have to give up your dreams of training for a race and taking calls at the same time. Because the microphone is next to your ear, you’ll have to speak up to be heard. We got quite a few complaints about wind noise from people on the other end of the call, making the microphone all but useless if you’re in motion.

As of July 16, 2016, the BackBeat Fit is about $75-79 on Amazon.com, depending on your choice of color. Color options include blue, green and red.

If you’d prefer larger, over-the-ear type Bluetooth headphones, see this Wirecutter review.

This is the first in a planned series of articles to help our readers find great products that we’ve personally tested and vouch for. ARLnow.com will financially benefit from sales resulting from users clicking on the Amazon links in this article. This revenue, like all advertising revenue, helps to fund and sustain our local newsgathering operations. ARLnow.com is a self-funded, indepdendent local news outlet based in Arlington, Va.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Heartland Dental logoPlease join the Heartland Dental NOVA Team for an Open House Career Fair.

The career fair is taking place on Wednesday, July 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Residence Inn, National Harbor located at 192 Waterfront Street in National Harbor, Maryland.

We have immediate openings for Dental Assistants, Front Office and Dental Hygienists across the Northern Virginia area in Alexandria, Lorton, Springfield, Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Fairfax, Herndon and Ashburn.

Why join Heartland Dental? It is the largest Dental Support Organization in the U.S. and is a career-focused company looking for the perfect fit to assist with the growth and development of our supported practices. Heartland provides a wide range of continuing education, benefits and competitive pay. RSVPs are welcome but not required! Please show up with your resume and be ready to express why you feel you’d be a great addition to Heartland’s growing team!

RSVPs should email [email protected] and please visit our website for more information at www.heartland.com.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Heartland Dental.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 12, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Is there anything better in the summer than great beer, music and games? The Capital Beer Classic presented by Goose Island is coming to FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, on Saturday, July 30.

With unlimited beer and wine samplings of your favorite summertime ales (and probably a few you’ve never heard of before!), you won’t want to miss out!

“We are excited to launch this inaugural event at FedExField,” Redskins Senior Director Hugh Nicholson said. “The Capital Beer Classic will give guests the chance to come out and interact with many local and regional breweries and vineyards in a festival atmosphere, while integrating FedExField’s unique setting. We look forward to cementing this as an annual event, providing our fans and beer lovers alike with another opportunity to come out and have some fun.”

There will also be live music from multiple bands throughout the day on the Bud Light Party Pavilion’s ESPN 980 stage, featuring performances by DC’s own Turtle Recall and a hot new up-and-coming group straight out of Nashville with some local-DC ties, The Morrison Brothers Band. Plus festival goers will have access to some of the most popular food trucks in all of DC, serving up their original dishes for the day. Tailgating games like corn hole, beer pong and giant Jenga will also be available for everyone looking to join in on the fun!

Not only will attendees get to check out all sorts of local craft beers and wines, but Redskins fans will especially enjoy the kickoff to the upcoming football season by meeting Redskin Alums Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders!

Tickets are on sale now for $45 (General Admission) and $65 (VIP). Guests can select from two different sessions, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 4 – 8 p.m. Tickets include a souvenir sampling glass and free parking with VIP ticket holders receiving an extra hour of sampling, preferred parking, a lanyard for their sampling glass, and a Redskins locker room tour. Promotional pricing ends on July 18, so be sure to purchase now!

Traveling from Arlington with a group of friends? Make sure to check out the Skedaddle for round-trip bus routes from Arlington to FedExField, use code “YouLikeThat!” for $6 off.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Capital Beer Classic.

by Buzz McClain — July 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

That buzz you are hearing is the energy and excitement coming from historic Potomac Yards. The brand new apartment community, Notch 8, which is named after the highest gear a diesel-electric locomotive can hit, continues to generate steam.

The residents are, even as we speak, enjoying the full array of amenities and features offered at Notch 8.

This summer, residents are benefiting from free boot camp classes with the on-site K!CK Fitness personal trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

When the workout is over they can head over to the on-site Starbucks for an iced caffeine booster or to the Giant grocery store for fresh sustenance. Whatever they need is all right there… right in the building.

Plus, the over-the-top building amenities include, among other things, an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, grilling stations, hammocks, outdoor billiards and fire pit; a game room with Xbox One and PS4; a lounge with an 80-inch flat screen and entertainment kitchen; and a state-of-the-art fitness center, if they need even more of a workout after the boot camps, that is.

A few of the appointments featured inside these modern-industrial apartments are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light, and a hi-tech Nest learning thermostat.

How can you get in on this action? And how can you get up to two-and-a-half months rent for free? And how can you become eligible for a $500 Giant gift card for stocking the fridge and pantry in your new apartment?

Just visit and ask.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about these brand new upscale apartments and the amazing incentives on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

Notch 8 is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and a Zipcar right next door.

Plus, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — June 30, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

A realtor is not a salesperson. They’re a matchmaker. They introduce people to homes, until they fall in love with one. Then they’re a wedding planner. ~ Unknown Author

Ann Wilson and the Ann Wilson Homes Team are honored to be named a “Best Residential Real Estate Agent” and “Best Real Estate Producer” in the D.C. region by Washingtonian Magazine. Just 101 realtors were selected for the 2016 Best Agents List, which recognizes overall customer satisfaction and service excellence.

The Top Producers List is based on 2015 sales volume and recognizes individuals, teams and groups who meet the set level of sales excellence. This is the Ann Wilson Team’s second year in a row on both lists. She and her team are part of Keller William’s Arlington office.

“I am so proud of our amazing team, who were instrumental in earning this great honor,” Ann Wilson said. “We are also lucky to work with the best clients imaginable – it’s a joy and a privilege, and being recognized for our work is just a double bonus,” Wilson adds.

The secret to the team’s success is its commitment to the Arlington community, where Wilson and her team members have lived for more than 20 years.

“We raised our kids here, sent them to the County schools, served on PTA’s, volunteered with sports teams and other community groups. We know first-hand which homes are located near the Metro, what all of the schools are like, where the dog parks are, and where to find the best cup of coffee. And we can tell you all the reasons why you should live in Northern Virginia!

The Ann Wilson Team provides honest advice and creative solutions, offering a wide range of services including complimentary home staging for all sellers. The team uses state-of-the-art technology that exposes sellers’ homes to millions of potential buyers.

“We stay on top of the Arlington and Northern Virginia housing market,” Wilson points out. “We have proven marketing strategies that get homes sold quickly and make transactions seamless.”

“We believe there is a perfect home for every buyer and a great contract waiting for every seller,” Wilson adds. “Seeing our clients’ excitement when the offer is accepted on their perfect house gives us sheer joy. A match made in heaven: that’s what it’s all about for us.”

The preceding post was written by Karen Bate and sponsored by Ann Wilson Homes Team.

by Buzz McClain — June 23, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

It is a homeowner’s nightmare: You come down the stairs in the morning to start the day with a cup of coffee only to step into a puddle of water on the kitchen floor. A puddle? In fact, it is pooling from a leak under the sink, and it is spreading.

Good morning! Now what?

“When they call us, we talk them through everything they need to do to stop the problem,” says Yael Goldshmid of Flood Damage Pro. “We give them instructions over the phone on how to turn off the main and to remove any electrical elements from the area.

“Then we promise to send a crew within 60 minutes of their call.” And that call will be answered 24/7.

Flood Damage Pro has been serving the flood emergency needs of commercial facilities and residential dwellings in Arlington for over 10 years, and by now their IICRC certified technicians have seen it all: Flooded basements, flooded kitchens, flooded bathrooms, flooded offices and more.

A water and fire damage specialist is crucial in early moments of water/fire-borne disasters as they are equipped with the technology and the knowledge to stop, repair and then begin the recovery process as fast as possible. This is important because of a secondary consequence of water damage: Mold.

“If water damage is not addressed in time, mold develops,” warns Goldshmid. “Sometimes we come to a house and the owners tells us there is a smell they can’t get rid of where the water damage was. We check and it’s mold. You can’t always see it, but it’s there.”

Luckily, Flood Damage Pro also does mold remediation to eliminate the problem.

Goldshmid says Flood Damage Pro can repair any cause of flooding inside or outside a property, “Even a leaky foundation. We can fix everything except the roof.” Roofing problems require a roofing specialist.

The team at Flood Damage Pro is licensed to restore drywall, hardwood floors, carpets and more. They don’t consider the job complete until all affected elements are restored to as good as new.

Flood Damage Pro also performs fire and smoke damage restoration. When disaster strikes, call 866-869-4167 for immediate assistance. The preceding post was sponsored by Flood Damage Pro and written by Buzz McClain.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — June 16, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Mission 2 Market flyerAre you a local entrepreneur looking to launch, run or grow your business?

Mission 2 Market, a hyperlocal consulting and marketing company, has assembled some of the best talent to help small businesses build success.

In their 30+ years experience in marketing strategy, merchandising, brand management, product launches and relationship building, the team behind Mission 2 Market has developed a network of industry experts who, like them, have a passion for helping others grow. They’re inspired to share their knowledge and resources.

Join Mission 2 Market and friends for an evening of one-on-one coaching, practical and real world business advice from the area’s top seasoned professionals. Topics include marketing, branding, design and packaging, social enterprise, finance, e-commerce and more. No small business subject is off-limits.

Speed coaching is free, but pre-registration is required.  Please come prepared with question regarding specific concerns or challenges your business is currently facing along with any samples of product, packaging, or logo design you seek feedback on.  The event is hosted by Link Local and NeoNiche Strategies with refreshments provided Cava Grill and Whole Foods Market. 

Register @ m2mspeedcoaching.eventbrite.com. Contact [email protected] for more information or any questions.

What: Mission Possible: Speed Coaching for Local Makers and Entrepreneurs
When: Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Link Locale at 3140 Washington Blvd (Wells Fargo Building, 2nd Floor, two blocks from the Clarendon Metro)

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Mission 2 Market.

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